Ha Long, Hoi An chosen as top travel sites in Southeast Asia

Ha Long, Hoi An chosen as top travel sites in Southeast Asia

A student travelers forum managed by US magazine USA Today has recommended Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Hoi An among ten most beautiful places to visit in Southeast Asia. The article, published on College Tourist, a forum of the USA Today College Contributor network,…

Vietnam tourism authority seeks visa waiver for 19 countries to boost arrivals

Vietnam tourism authority seeks visa waiver for 19 countries to boost arrivals

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) says it is proposing visa waivers for more countries and that foreign arrivals in the last three months of the year are expected to surge. Nguyen Van Tuan, director of the agency, said in a recent report…

Vietnam unveils new video to promote tourism, investment

Vietnam unveils new video to promote tourism, investment

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a new video to promote Vietnam’s tourism and investment opportunities in various languages. “Welcome to Vietnam,” with narratives in English, French, Russian, Spanish, German, Japanese and Chinese, lasts more than seven minutes. With scenes captured by flycams,…

Hanoi gets helicopter air taxi service

Hanoi gets helicopter air taxi service

Instead of a tedious, hours-long trip from Hanoi to cool Sa Pa by car or train, tourists can now fly there by helicopter and return in just three and half hours, if they have US$2,640 per flying hour to spare. A new air taxi…

Ho Chi Minh City wants longer visa exemption for European tourists

Ho Chi Minh City wants longer visa exemption for European tourists

Ho Chi Minh City wants the 15-day visa exemption for Europeans to be doubled so that they can come on longer tours. A source said the city tourism department is all set to ask the tourism ministry to extend the waiver period for tourists…

6 must-eats in Hanoi’s Old Square

6 must-eats in Hanoi’s Old Square

1. It is disturbingly hot during this time of the year in Hanoi. But, thankfully, people in the capital city have come up with drinks and desserts that help cool off. Among them is a mix of yogurt with purple sticky rice and ice…

Vietnam waives visas for 5 more European countries, including Germany, UK

Vietnam waives visas for 5 more European countries, including Germany, UK

Tourists from India, Canada, Australia and New Zealand may have to wait a little longer In an explicit gesture to resuscitate the ailing tourism sector, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has signed off on visa waivers for five more nationalities, a move highly welcomed…

Vietnam to offer visa waivers as visitor drop hurts economy

Vietnam to offer visa waivers as visitor drop hurts economy

Vietnam will offer more visa exemptions and set up a $100 million tourism fund to promote the country’s attractions in a bid to reverse a drop in foreign visitors that’s hurting the economy. “The hassle of getting a visa is seriously hampering Vietnam in…

A green valley of serenity in central Vietnam

A green valley of serenity in central Vietnam

Most people only know Quang Binh Province in central Vietnam as the home of the world’s largest cave Son Doong. But if you think the province is all about caves, you will miss a beautiful, wild valley not far away. Hung Tung Valley is…

Southern charm: The awesome noodle soup that you never knew existed

Southern charm: The awesome noodle soup that you never knew existed

When it comes to hu tieu rice noodle soup in Ho Chi Minh City, it can be confusing, even to natives, because most of the variants look almost similar, despite their distinct flavors. Here we have many types of noodles introduced by Chinese immigrants hundreds…